Thursday, January 26, 2017

Democrats And Republicans Unite To Rescind Last-Minute Obama Order Seeking Federal Election Takeover

Via Billy

President Barack Obama (L) announces Jeh Johnson (R) to be his nominee for secretary of Homeland Security, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Oct. 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

All 50 state secretaries of state are urging the Trump administration to rescind a last-minute Department of Homeland Security directive calling state election systems “critical infrastructure.”

Many state officials fear this is the first step toward a federal takeover of state-run elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

While deep political discord may be found on other issues, state secretaries — who oversee all election machinery — appear completely united against the former administration’s attempt to insert the federal government into state-run elections.

Then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson surprised and outraged state election officials with his Jan. 6 action, just two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump was to assume the presidency.

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